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Ash's Rockruff
サトシのイワンコ Satoshi's Iwanko
Poké Ball
Ash Rockruff.png
Ash's Rockruff
Debuts in The Guardian's Challenge!
Caught in SM015
Caught at Melemele Island
Gender Male*
Ability Vital Spirit*
Current location With Ash
Rockruff
This Pokémon has not evolved.
Voice actor Japanese English
As Rockruff Megumi Hayashibara Haven Paschall

Ash's Rockruff (Japanese: サトシのイワンコ Satoshi's Iwanko) is the second Pokémon that Ash obtained in the Alola region. It was given to him by Professor Kukui.

History

With Professor Kukui

Ash and Rockruff

Rockruff first appeared in The Guardian's Challenge!, where it had dinner and played with Ash and Pikachu. It was later seen the following day with Professor Kukui, watching the welcoming party Ash's classmates had prepared for him. Kukui had planned to battle Ash and Pikachu with Rockruff, but the party was interrupted by Tapu Koko.

In SM015 Rockruff came home injured causing Ash and Professor Kukui to investigate leading them to discover that Rockruff had been fighting with other Pokemon including a Magmar. With help from Ash, Rockruff was finally able to defeat Magmar. At the end of the episode, Professor Kukui allowed Ash to catch Rockruff after seeing the bond the two had developed.

With Ash

Personality and characteristics

Rockruff is a playful, affectionate Pokémon that gets along well with both Ash and its previous caretaker, Professor Kukui. The first night Ash stayed with the Professor, Rockruff, Pikachu, and Ash were quickly able to befriend each other. Like other members of its species, Rockruff likes to greet and show affection to others by rubbing up against them with the rocks on its neck, although it doesn't seem to be aware that it stings the recipient.

Although Rockruff lived with Professor Kukui before being caught by Ash, it was actually a wild Pokémon that Professor Kukui was taking care of. When Ash revealed this to his classmates at the Pokémon School, his Rotom Pokédex added that Rockruff readily bond with humans even if they are not captured by a trainer.

Moves used

Ash Rockruff Rock Throw.png
Using Rock Throw
Move First Used In
Bite SM015
Rock Throw SM015
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.


In the games

Rockruff is used by Professor Kukui in Pokémon Sun and Moon to help with the capture, Z-Move, and Battle Royal tutorials.

Pokémon Sun and Moon

Capture tutorial
(Route 1)
Z-Move tutorial
(Route 2)
Battle Royal tutorial
(Battle Royal Dome)
744Rockruff.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Unknown
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Rockruff Lv.7
Tackle
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
Sand Attack
Ground Status
Bite
Dark Physical
744Rockruff.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Unknown
Held item:
Bag Normalium Z Sprite.png Normalium Z
Rockruff Lv.19
Tackle
Normal Physical
Leer
Normal Status
Sand Attack
Ground Status
Bite
Dark Physical
744Rockruff.png
Type:
Rock Unknown
Ability:
Vital Spirit
Held item:
None.png None None.png
Rockruff Lv.19
Rock Throw
Rock Physical
Bite
Dark Physical
Protect
Normal Status
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In the manga

In the Pokémon Adventures manga

Rockruff first appeared in the Sun & Moon chapter. It was first used to battle Sun's En at the Iki Town festival tournament.

Moves used

Move First Used In
Rock Throw Sun & Moon chapter
A shows that the move was used recently, unless all moves fit this case or there are fewer than five known moves.

Trivia

  • Rockruff is the first Pokémon given away by a professor to not be a starter Pokémon.

Related articles

  • For more information on this Pokémon's species, see Rockruff.



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